Councils face a double whammy of new costs if prime minister Theresa May implements her hastily-revised social care plan after the General Election, experts have warned.
Unaffordable. Unworkable. We need to find a solution now
Payment floors and ceilings are all well and good for the concerned voter, but that still doesn’t tackle the real issues around care for the elderly, argues Heather Jameson.
Engaging with the electorate
Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.
Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution
Local government received a passing mention in last week’s party manifestos but their main focus was on tax and spend and controversial plans for health and care. Michael Burton reports.
White Van Man on . . . social care
Let’s face it, old people run this country ‘cos they’ve got nothing better to do in the day than go and vote, and the canny little sods make sure they vote for a party that feather beds their endless old age.
Council creates new managing director role
Bournemouth Council has created the new role of managing director, which will be filled by the current head of paid service, Jane Portman.
Tory manifesto pledge comes under fire
Government plans to intensify the use of deferred payments for social care costs could be stymied by councils’ reluctance to support claw-back deals, a former pensions minister has warned.
The Tory social care policy is a stinker, but what else is on offer?
Theresa May's social care policy is a stinker, but the proposals have broken new ground in many important ways, writes Adam Lent.
Future social care workforce 'at risk'
One in four social care staff are leaving the profession every year, a health charity has found.
Lib Dems promise greater power for councils
The Lib Dems have announced they will drastically reduce the powers of central government ministers to interfere in democratically-elected local government.
The new kids on the block
Now the six regional metro mayors have been elected they must deliver devolution. Sam Clayden reports.
Key questions for the next Government
Elections are a time of change and local government will need to address their impact, says Pete Moore.
Burnham’s integration vow over GM health and care
Andy Burnham has vowed to drive ‘further and deeper’ integration in Greater Manchester as he pushes health and social care towards a single system.
Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto
The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.
We need to involve people in difficult decisions about services
Involving residents in developing, delivering and evaluating controversial proposals, such as hospital closures, from the outset can only enhance plans, argues Ewan King.
Council care homes 'under cloud'
Private care home residents are sustaining the publicly-funded sector which is struggling under a ‘cloud of uncertainty and risk’, research by LaingBuisson has found.
Labour would introduce national care service
The Labour Party would move towards a national care service and halt sustainability and transformation partnerships if it won the election, according to its leaked manifesto.
How Hertfordshire CC is embracing the safeguarding challenge
The Hertfordshire family safeguarding model is now being piloted outside of the county council’s borders. Jenny Coles explains its progress over the past two years.
Councils ‘could recoup cuts in social care’
Local authorities could reverse the cuts of the last seven years providing they make full use of council tax raising powers, economists have calculated.
Care crisis leaves 400,000 without care
The ‘alarming’ funding gap in social care has resulted in at least 400,000 fewer people in England receiving the care they need, health study reveals.